Islamabad, December 24, 2014 (PPI-OT): Today is the sacred day of Christmas. On this auspicious occasion, I extend heartiest greetings to the Christian brethren all over the world and in particular to those living in Pakistan.
On this day of Jesus Christ’s birth, the world got a Messiah who brought a message of love, peace, tolerance and compassion for humanity. Jesus Christ guided people to virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy from God.
We, as Muslims deeply revere Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Allah Almighty. His teachings and message of love and peace is as relevant to us as it is to our Christian brethren. Indeed, his message of love, compassion and sacrifice is relevant to the entire humanity.
It is time to re-dedicate ourselves to follow the noble ideals of Jesus Christ and work individually as well as collectively for the betterment and welfare of humanity and to contribute our share in making the world a safer place to live.
On this occasion I also wish to acknowledge and appreciate the valuable contributions made by our Christian brethren in Pakistan in all fields. The nation is proud of their great contributions to the development of the country and deeply admires their loyalty to the state.
I have no doubt that they will continue to play their positive role for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan. The equality of all citizens of the state has been enshrined in our Constitution. The Quaid-e-Azam made it abundantly clear in his address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.
The present democratic Government of Pakistan is committed to pursue policies that are aimed at creating greater harmony and cohesion among people of different faiths. Let me reiterate our resolve to fight religious intolerance. Let it also be made clear that we will not permit the persecution of members of other faiths in the name of religion.
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